True Joak

True Joak is an English Country Dance. It was published by Wright in about 1740 in Wright's Compleat Collection of Celebrated Country Dances, vol. 1. It was interpreted by Pat Shaw (website) in about 1965 and published in Another Look at Playford. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Wright writes:

The 1st Wo. leads the two 1st Men round the 2d Wo. into their own Places and turn single The 1st Man leads the 2d Wo. round 2d Man into their own Places & turn single the 1st Man turn The 2d Wo. and all four Hands round Back to Bak and right Hand and Left

This dance appears in Wright's Compleat Collection of about 1740 and Walsh's Caledonian Country Dances of about 1750. The instructions are word for word (allowing for differences in capitalization and the replacing of "and" for "&").

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, lead, rights and lefts, back to back (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © ~1965 by Pat Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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